Common Non-Venomous Chennai Snakes.

 

Rat snake (Ptyas mucosa) Tamil Name: Sara Pambu

Sara pambu. Are non-venomous snakes that primarily feed on rodents and birds. They are the most common Chennai Snakes. Rat Snakes are diurnal species showing arboreal and terrestrial activity. They are fast movers and grow upto 10 feet in length. This is the most common snake found in Indian suburbs as they thrive in areas with high rat populations.Commonly mistaken to be a cobra and are often killed.

 

 

Green vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) Tamil Name: Pacha Pambu.

The green vine snake is diurnal and mildly venomous. The reptile normally feeds on frogs and lizards using its binocular vision to hunt. They are slow-moving, relying on camouflaging as a vine in foliage. The snake is narrow and green in color showing black and white markings on the dorsal side. They are arboreal and grow upto 4 feet in length. No, it doesn’t strike your eyes.

Checkered keelback (Xenochrophis piscator), Tamil Name: Thanni pambu

The Asiatic water snake is a common species of non-venomous snake found all over Asia. Coloration consists of dark spots arranged quincuncially and often separated by white or black longitudinal bands on a pale ground, or of dark crossbands, with or without whitish spots. Two oblique black streaks, one below and the other behind the eye, are nearly constant.This snake is found in or near freshwater lakes or rivers. It feeds mainly on small fish and frogs.

 

Bronzeback tree snake (Dendrelaphis tristis), Tamil name: Komberi Mookan

Komberi Mookan or the Common Bronzeback tree snake has a very long and thin body usually looks white from the lateral side; predominantly common bronze back got the brown dorsal body, flat head which is clearly broader than the neck.Hides in tree holes, rock gaps at heights, dense bushes etc. Feeds mainly on lizards and frogs and small birds. Known to grow 3-4 feet in length.

 

Wolf Snake.(Lycodon aulicus) Tamil Name:  Manai pambu or Olae pambu

Commonly known as the Indian wolf snake, is a species of non-venomous snake which belongs to one of our chennai Snakes that bears the mild resemblance to the Krait. They are dark brown with single white brands running across the breadth of the body.Primarily nocturnal with minimum activity during the day. They feed on lizards frogs and skinks.

 

 

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